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Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.

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    Michel Mulipola: Superhero Secrets

    Sj aug 2016 cover image.

    This article introduces the readers to Michel Mulipola, an Auckland-based Samoan artist. The title refers to Mulipola’s passion for comics and comic-book heroes.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Learning area: English

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: art forms, artists, cartooning, characters, comic strip, creativity, drawing, graphic layout, heroes, ideas, novels, stories, writing process

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    U-Turn

    Sj aug 2016 cover image.

    by Anahera Gildea

    illustrations by Dylan Horrocks

    "My mother is big. I don’t mean big in size – I mean big in personality."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: anger, confrontation, embarrassment, families, justice, libraries, relationships, utu

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2016

    Publication date: August 2016

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    A Sweet Business

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    by Bronwen Wall

    This report explains why and how children at Te Aro School in Wellington set up a money-making honey business. The text has a focus on financial literacy, providing insights into the decisions the students made and the steps they took to make their business a success. 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: bees, beehives, bee-keeping, budgeting, costs, expenditure, expenses, financial capability, gardening, honey, income, needs, pollination, profit, school, wants, financial capability

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Turbulence

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    by Paul Mason

    "That week, an email from Cooper’s dad arrived out of nowhere. It had two attachments: a photo and a plane ticket to Australia. Cooper’s mum wasn’t so keen." 

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: books, change, divorce, family, flying, growth, loss, reading, relationships, separation, turbulence

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Lost Treasure

    School Journal L3 Nov 2016

    by Anahera Gildea

    "I’ve got this cousin Hoani. He always causes me big trouble. One time, I stayed over at his house and woke up paralysed. During the night, he’d plastic-wrapped me to the stretcher."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: change, cousins, culture, family, grandparents, humour, loss, marae, MASAM, relationships, responsibility, tangi, tikanga Māori, whānau

    In: School Journal Level 3 November 2016

    Publication date: November 2016

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    Alvin and Me

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    by Chris Tse

    illustrated by Peter Campbell

    "A week before Alvin arrived, I got summoned to the principal’s office. I was a good kid. I never got into trouble. I was sure I’d done nothing wrong. But still, I couldn’t help worrying..."

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: Cantonese, change, Chinese New Zealanders, culture, difference, embarrassment, ethnic diversity, friendship, heritage, identity, individuality, race, relationships, respect, responsibility

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Designed for Good

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    by Philip Cleaver

    The New Zealand environment has been badly affected by introduced pests such as rats, stoats, and possums. “Designed for Good” follows the process of developing an effective and humane trap to reduce these pest populations. The article tells the story of the project, from the first “That’s it!” moment through to the production of thousands of traps, which are now in use throughout New Zealand.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Learning area: English, Science, Technology

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: conservation, design, ecological sustainability, ecology, environment, ideas, innovation, introduced species, native bush, pest control, pests, possums, predator-free New Zealand, predators, prototypes, technology, traps

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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  • Kopuwai and the clever girl cover image.

    Kōpūwai and the Clever Girl

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    retold by Brian Potiki

    illustrated by Scott Pearson

    This story is from Rapuwai, an ancestral iwi of Ngāi Tahu. It is set on the banks of the Mata-Au/Clutha River, in Otago, and comes from a time long ago when moa roamed the land and giant tuna swam in the rivers.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Fiction

    Topics: challenge, cleverness, Clutha River, Kōpūwai, legends, Māori traditional stories, Mata-Au, monsters, myths, Ngāi Tahu, Otago, Rapuwai, trickery

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Haritina Mogosanu: Starryteller

    School journal level 3 May 2017 cover image.

    by Clare Knighton

    Meet Haritina Mogosanu: astrobiologist, science communicator, president of the Mars Society in New Zealand, and “starryteller”. In 2012, she was commander of the first New Zealand mission to the Mars Desert Research Station in the United States.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Topics: astrobiology, astronauts, astronomy, challenge, colonisation, environment, exploration, extreme conditions, Haritina Mogosanu, interviews, Mars, Mars Desert Research Station, space, space travel, survival, science

    In: School Journal Level 3 May 2017

    Publication date: May 2017

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    Te Tiriti o Waitangi

    Cover image school journal level 3 august 2017.

    by Ross Calman

    This straightforward article explains what the Treaty of Waitangi is, why it was needed, and what it says. Although most students will have heard of the Treaty, this may be the first time they have read about it for themselves.

    Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 3

    Reading year level: 5

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: British Empire, change, colonisation, compensation, governorship, Henry Williams, Hōne Heke Pōkai, kāwanatanga, land confiscation, migration, missionaries, New Zealand history, promises, protest, settlements, settlers, Tāmati Wāka Nene, tino rangatiratanga, Titiri o Waitangi, treaties, Treaty of Waitangi, Waitangi Day, Waitangi Tribunal, William Hobson

    In: School Journal Level 3 August 2017

    Publication date: August 2017

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